Pacer Jim


Indialantic, FL


Current P.R.


Where were you born?

Waverly, IA


Number of marathons

39 (Including Ultramarathons)


Favorite marathon

The next marathon I pace, SCM,

Typical pace

4:30 – 5:30


Favorite running music

I listen to the trees when trail running.


Research Scientist


Favorite running food

Bananas, boiled and salted red potatoes, steamed Grouper or Sea Bass, blueberries

Any hobbies?

Ultramarathoning, hiking, biking, writing running poetry


Who do you train with?

My ultra trail runner mates, all wackier than me. J

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Most anything by John Irving, Bill Bryson, Jack Kerouac. I currently am reading, “Off The Road,” by Carolyn Cassady.


A quotation you like…

"If you're not living on the Edge, you're taking up too much space."

Personal goals

Sub-24 Hr Ancient Oaks 100 Miler on 18-Dec-2010 and / or in the Umstead 100, 2-April-2011






Why do you run?


Mainly for the pleasure I feel, but also to maintain my mental and physical fitness.


Describe your best marathon memory.


My most memorable experience was The Wickham Park Marathon, Memorial Weekend 2008. The course is rather difficult, a combination of rocky trails, tree roots and deep sugar sand stretches. Just 15 minutes into the marathon several of us stirred up a wasp nest causing the now angry bees to attack. I took 15 - 20 wasp stings across my chest and shoulders. I am proud to have finished the marathon in 5:09 with bee stings on a hot and humid day!



Why do you pace?


Pacing is my way to give something back to the running community, plus I enjoy all the new friends I make each pacing experience.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


Any marathon where I lead in a group of first timers at a steady pace is a fantastic and successful pacing experience. Their gratitude is simply overwhelming. In the San Diego RnR a member of my 5:00 group was a repeat, having first joined my 5:00 group in the A1A Ft. Lauderdale Marathon. Most gratifying!


Why should someone run in your pace group?


I run very even splits, typically within 30 seconds to 1 minute each mile. During the course of the marathon I will cheer you on when required and chat about anything at all that’s on your mind. In my group we will have a relaxing and fun marathon!


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Conserve energy, especially at the start. Take in fluids at every available aid station. Run as relaxed as possible with an upright posture to lessen arm, shoulder and neck fatigue. Most importantly of all: HAVE FUN OUT THERE!



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